Yorkshire will be on the front foot when they tackle Middlesex at North Marine Road this weekend, according to coach Jason Gillespie.
Gillespie’s men will be looking to reinforce their LV County Championship division one title aspirations when they meet a Middlesex side who could include former England stars Steven Finn and Eoin Morgan as well as Australian Ashes winner Chris Rogers.
But Gillespie is in confident mood heading into the clash, as he welcomes back Kiwi batsman Kane Williamson to the side after his superb form on his country’s tour of the West Indies.
Williamson replaces belligerent Aussie Aaron Finch for the crucial clash after scoring 413 runs in their three-Test series in the Caribbean.
Gillespie said: “Kane comes back into the fold for Finchy.
“He batted superbly on tour for his country and is a very capable player to welcome back.Hopefully he can continue his good form with us.”
Williamson has undergone tests on his bowling action in Cardiff this week after he was reported on the Kiwis tour, but Gillespie expects him to be available with the cherry.
“He’s been for tests this week, but he’s a useful option with the ball and I expect he will be fine to bowl in the Championship for us,” added Gillespie.
Gillespie is keen for his side to continue their impressive start to the season this week.
He added: “We’ve obviously had a decent start to the season heading into our first game at Scarborough, and hopefully we can come and play some positive and aggressive cricket there and give ourselves a good chance of getting a result.
“We’re looking forward to coming to Scarborough, the lads enjoy playing there and hopefully we’ll get another good pitch with bounce and carry.
“If we can produce consistent cricket over the four days we will give ourselves a great chance of winning the game.
“It is incredibly tight from first to eighth in division one this year, and anyone is capable of beating anyone.
“Middlesex beat us at Lord’s earlier in the season, so we’ll need to improve on that effort.”
Ex-Scarborough man Adam Lyth can’t wait to return to his forming stamping ground. He said: “We will need to play well to win the game, but we have a good record at Scarborough and the guys love playing there.
“With us starting on Saturday, hopefully we’ll get a big crowd in for the weekend and set the game up nicely.”
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